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The Giver

By Lois Lowry
Narrated by: Ron Rifkin
Length: 4 hours 47 minutes

Lois Lowry’s The Giver is the quintessential dystopian novel, followed by its remarkable companions, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive... Read more »

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The House of the Scorpion

By Nancy Farmer
Narrated by: Raul Esparza
Length: 10 hours 43 minutes

Discover this internationally bestselling, National Book Award–winning young adult classic about what it means to be human with an updated, reimagined cover!

Matt Alacrán wasn’t born. He was harvested.

His DNA came from El Patrón, the drug-lord ruler of the country of Opium. Most people hate and fear clones like Matt—except for El Patrón. El... Read more »

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Ender's Game

The Ender Saga: Book #1

By Orson Scott Card
Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki & Harlan Ellison
Length: 11 hours 18 minutes

Ender's Game

“For my first sci-fi book, this was recommended for me. I was NOT disappointed!”

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Leviathan

By Scott Westerfeld
Narrated by: Alan Cumming
Length: 8 hours 16 minutes

It is the cusp of World War I. The Austro-Hungarians and Germans have their Clankers, steam-driven iron machines loaded with guns and ammunition. The British Darwinists employ genetically fabricated animals as their weaponry. Their Leviathan is a whale airship, and the most masterful beast in the British fleet.

Aleksandar Ferdinand, a Clanker,... Read more »

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The Angel Experiment

A Maximum Ride Novel
Maximum Ride: Book #1

By James Patterson
Narrated by: Kasey Lee Huizinga
Length: 7 hours 51 minutes

In James Patterson's blockbuster series, fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can... Read more »

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The Story of More (Adapted for Young Adults)

How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go from Here

By Hope Jahren
Narrated by: Hope Jahren
Length: 5 hours 10 minutes

The essential pocket primer on climate change that will leave an indelible impact on everyone who reads it. Hope Jahren asks the central question of our time: how can we learn to live on a finite planet?" (Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction).

“Hope Jahren is the voice that science has been waiting for.” —Nature


Hope Jahren is an... Read more »

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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Young Readers Edition

By William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer
Narrated by: Korey Jackson
Length: 6 hours 39 minutes

Now a Netflix film starring and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, this is a gripping memoir of survival and perseverance about the heroic young inventor who brought electricity to his Malawian village.

When a terrible drought struck William Kamkwamba's tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season's crops, leaving them with nothing to eat...

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Sophia's War

A Tale of the Revolution

By Avi
Narrated by: Angela Goethals
Length: 7 hours 23 minutes

Acclaimed children's author Avi's many accolades include a Newbery Medal and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. Inspired by true stories from the American Revolution, Sophia's War begins in 1776, when British troops arrive on the doorstep of 12-year-old Sophia Calderwood's home in New York. After the disappearance- and possible capture- of her... Read more »

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Woods Runner

By Gary Paulsen
Narrated by: Danny Campbell
Length: 3 hours 41 minutes

Samuel, 13, spends his days in the forest, hunting for food for his family. He has grown up on the frontier of a British colony, America. Far from any town, or news of the war against the King that American patriots have begun near Boston.

But the war comes to them. British soldiers and Iroquois attack. Samuel’s parents are taken away, prisoners.... Read more »

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The Notorious Benedict Arnold

A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery

By Steve Sheinkin
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Length: 6 hours 50 minutes

On a bitter cold day in January 1741 Benedict Arnold was born. Little did anyone know that he would grow up to become the most infamous villain in American history. But first, he would be one of the country’s greatest war heroes. Fearless in the line of fire, a genius at strategy and motivating his men, General Arnold was America’s first action... Read more »

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George Washington's Secret Six (Young Readers Adaptation)

The Spies Who Saved America

By Brian Kilmeade & Don Yaeger
Narrated by: Stephen Graybill
Length: 2 hours 43 minutes

A captivating middle-grade adaptation of the New York Times bestseller about George Washington's top-secret spy ring that helped defeat the British.

The American Revolution is well under way in 1776, but things are looking bleak for General George Washington and his Continental Army. With Washington's hasty retreat from New York City in August,... Read more »

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